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Listening to the "Playing Politics" podcast from the Star Tribune and WCCO Radio is like taking a seat at the Editorial Board table and hearing an informed and opinionated weekly discussion of all things political in Minnesota and the nation. "Playing Politics" features WCCO’s Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune’s John Rash in addition to editorial writer Patricia Lopez and columnists Lori Sturdevant and D.J. Tice – award-winning journalists who bring varied perspectives to the issues of the day.

EPISODE 90
December 13

Listen: Smith appointment, Jones victory rock politics

The ascension of senators in Minnesota and Alabama will have immediate impact in Washington. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 89
December 6
Sen Al Franken waited to take the stage with wife Franni.

Listen: A cascade of calls for Franken's resignation

Several Democratic senators called on their colleague Al Franken to resign in response to escalating allegations of sexual harassment. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 88
November 29

Listen: North Korea crisis escalates

The latest ballistic missile test is the latest governing test for President Donald Trump and other world leaders. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 87
November 22

Listen: Franken allegations, resignations from Legislature rock state politics

The national sex harassment story hit home this week. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 86
November 15
The opening sketch on "Saturday Night Live" featured Miked Day playing Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on a visit to the White House.

Listen: Harassment scandals roil politics nationally, locally

Allegations against Roy Moore in Alabama and complaints about two Minnesota legislators lead to calls for reform. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 85
November 9
Minneapolis mayor elect Jacob Frey spoke to the media at his headquart...

Listen: City elections generate a generational shift

Youth will be served as Jacob Frey and Melvin Carter are chosen by Minneapolis and St. Paul voters. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 84
November 2

Listen: In St. Paul, attacks scramble mayoral race

A controversial campaign ad is met with backlash in the capital as both St. Paul and Minneapolis near next Tuesday's election. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 83
October 17

Listen: How and why we make Editorial Board endorsements

Endorsements will begin next week for key races in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis on that and other political topics from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 82
October 11

Listen: Trump-Corker feud fuels more White House turmoil

The president spars with a senator of his own party, and Democrats reel after allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 81
October 4

Listen: Las Vegas shooting rekindles gun control debate

Calls for Congress to address gun safety legislation increased in the wake of the tragedy. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 80
September 27

Listen: Minnesota's political impasse intensifies

The enduring dispute between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders shows no sign of ending. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 79
September 20
President Donald Trump speaks Tuesday during the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York.

Listen: Trump's blunt U.N. address

The president's speech to the U.N. General Assembly was, like Trump himself, nontraditional. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 78
September 13

Listen: Rising crime in downtown Minneapolis

Public safety in a booming downtown is a key issue for Minneapolis, and for the city's Nov. 7 election. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Patricia Lopez and Denise Johnson.
EPISODE 77
September 6

Listen: Targeting 'Dreamers' is latest Trump controversy

The president's decision to scrap the Obama-era DACA program faces bipartisan criticism. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 76
August 23

Listen: Trump turns to the war in Afghanistan (and with the press)

Two distinctly different addresses in two days reflect the president's perspective on South Asia and Charlottesville. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 75
August 16
President Donald Trump spoke to reporters from the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, on Tuesday.

Listen: Bipartisan backlash to Trump's inflammatory comments

Corporate leaders and lawmakers reacted to President Donald Trump's comments on Charlottesville. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 74
August 9

Listen: Trump-Kim war of words heightens fears

The president's rhetoric about unleashing "fire and fury" reverberated worldwide. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis with WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 73
August 2
New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly talks with President Trump after being privately sworn in during a ceremony in the Oval Office.

Listen: The political week in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Washington

The mayoral race comes into focus, increasing Republican and DFL divides statewide, and Gen. Kelly is tapped as chief of staff. Hear the "Playing Politics" podcast analysis with WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 72
July 26
In this image from video provided by Senate Television, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks the floor of the Senate on Tuesday after a vote on debating the health care bill.

Listen: A tumultuous week in Washington

From the Senate debate on health care legislation to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to President Donald Trump's transgender troop ban, it was a chaotic week in the capital. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 71
July 19
Justine Damond, of Sydney, Australia, was fatally shot by police in a south Minneapolis alley Saturday night.

Listen: The global, local impact of the Justine Damond case

The shooting of the Minneapolis woman brings police-community relations to the forefront. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 70
July 12

Listen: Collusion question clouds White House policy priorities

Donald Trump, Jr.'s email exchange has dominated the news narrative in Washington and beyond. Hear the "Playing Politics" podcast analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 69
July 7
President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, wave after arriving Thursday for the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Listen: Trump turns to international issues

The president travels to the G-20 Summit and a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after his speech in Poland. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 68
June 30

Listen: Minnesota National Guard members train in Lithuania

WCCO Radio's Jordana Green interviews John Rash about his trip to Lithuania to cover the Minnesota National Guard taking part in a multinational military exercise called Saber Strike 17.
EPISODE 67
June 15

Listen: A nation reflects on a tragic shooting

A deplorable act of violence, this time targeted at a congressional baseball team. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 66
June 7
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, left, and National Securi...

Listen: Capitol Hill hearings amplify Russia issue

Senators questioned top Trump officials as Washington braced for former FBI Director James Comey's testimony on Thursday. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.